WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County Democrats say any Democrat in "good standing" and who lives in Senate District 5 - which includes Wailuku, Waihee, and Kahului - is welcome to apply for the seat vacated by state Senator Shan Tsutsui.
The Maui County Democratic Party says it is setting Thursday at 5:00 p.m. as the deadline to apply for the vacant seat.
The seat became vacant after Tsutsui became Hawaii's new lieutenant governor Thursday.
As Senate president, the 41-year-old Tsutsui was first in line for the job when the previous lieutenant governor - Brian Schatz - was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Officials say applicants interested in applying for the vacant District 5 seat must fill out a "Statement of Candidacy" form and send in a one-page resume, as well as a short statement.